OUR FOUNDATIONAL BELIEFS
This statement of faith affirms certain fundamental doctrinal truths as a testimony of our commitment to Christ and to the advancement of his Church. While it is not a comprehensive doctrinal statement of the Bible, it expresses our commitment to the Proclamation and Preservation of the Gospel in the local church and to the fulfillment of the Great Commission to the ends of the earth.
The Bible is the revealed Word of God which is inspired by the Holy Spirit through chosen men. Therefore, it is supremely authoritative, inerrant in the original autographs and the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice (John 16: 13-14; 2 Tim. 3: 15-17; 2 Peter 1: 20-21).
The Triune God
There is one triune God co-existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Deut. 6: 4; Isa. 43: 10-11; Matt. 3: 16-17, 28: 18-19; 2 Cor. 13: 14; Gal. 4: 4-6).
Creation is the act of God by which he brought the universe and its components into existence. It’s continued existence through natural law is according to God’s will and miraculous working in order to carry out his plans and purposes (Gen. 1-2; Romans 8: 19-23; Ps. 148: 5; Is. 42: 5; Rev. 3: 14; Rev. 10: 6).
Humanity and Fall of Man
Human beings, created by God in his own image, originally sinless, through their fall in Adam were rendered, by nature and choice, sinners, in rebellion against their creator (Gen. 1: 27-31, 3; Romans 5: 12-14).
Deity/Incarnation of Christ
We affirm the deity of Jesus Christ (John1: 1, 14; Col. 2: 9), his virgin birth (Isa. 7: 14; Luke 1: 34-35; Matt. 1: 18), his sinless life (2 Cor. 5: 21; 1John 3: 5; 1Peter 2: 22), his miracles (Matt. 4: 23; Luke 6: 17-19; John 3: 2), his vicarious and atoning death (Col. 1: 14, 20; Rom. 5: 8-9; Eph. 1: 7), his bodily resurrection (1 Cor. 15: 3-4; Luke 24: 4-7; Rev. 1: 17-18), his ascension to the right hand of the Father to be our ultimate high priest and advocate (Acts 2: 23; 1 Pet. 3: 22; Heb. 4: 14, 7: 21-25) and his personal return in power and glory (Acts 1: 11; John 14: 1-3; Phil. 2: 9-11; 1Thes. 1: 10).
Redemption and Salvation of Man
The only hope of redemption is through the completed work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, incarnate and sinless, both fully human and fully divine. His sacrificial death on the cross, resurrection, ascension and present intercession is a revelation of God’s grace. Humanity can only be reconciled to the creator through the appropriation of salvation by faith. God through Christ offers this salvation for humanity to become an heir of God through the hope of eternal life. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit and the outward expression of it is a life of righteousness and holiness. Divine healing is a privilege of all believers through the atonement of Christ (Romans 5: 15-21, 8: 16; Eph. 4: 24; Is. 53:4-5; Matt. 8: 16-17; Mk. 16: 18; Jas. 5: 14).
The Holy Spirit
We affirm that the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father through Christ, is the third person of the Trinity who indwells believers, convicts and guides them into all truth, bestows gifts for ministry and empowers them for life, service and the fulfillment of God’s mission. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is promised by Jesus, Peter and Paul, and witnessed by the believers in the early Church. It empowers believers to prophesy, proclaim the gospel with boldness along with speaking with other tongues (Luke 24: 49; 1 Cor. 12: 1-31, 14: 1-40; Acts 1: 4-8, 2: 1-41, 10: 44-46, 19: 2-6).
The Church and its Ordinances
The church is a body of believers under the Lordship of Christ, who assemble for the purpose of worship, service and discipleship, fulfilling the Great Commission and advancing the kingdom of God through the power and leading of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1: 22, 2: 19-22; Heb. 12: 28; Eph. 4: 11-16; Matt. 28: 18-22). We affirm the two ordinances of the Church. Baptism is by immersion in water following a believer’s confession of faith in Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior in the name of the Father, Son and Spirit. It is a declaration to the world of death and burial with Christ and rising with him into the newness of life (Acts 2: 41-42, 10: 47-48; Matt. 28: 19; Rom. 6: 4). The Lord’s Supper, instituted by Christ as a memorial of his atoning death, and of himself as the Bread of Life is to be kept by believers for spiritual life and vitality until his coming again (Luke 22: 19-20; John 6: 48, 53-58; 1Cor. 11: 25-26).
Last Things/ Eschatological Hope
We affirm the second coming of Jesus Christ in visible, bodily form at which time the present age will come to an end. The ultimate hope of the believer is not in history but in the great eschatological event by which the present age is brought to its culmination. Scripture promises that the culmination of history will take place in the resurrection and final judgment when the unredeemed will receive eternal punishment and the redeemed will enter into eternal peace and righteousness with God. At the consummation of creation, the New Jerusalem will descend from heaven and the earth will be renewed. God will come and dwell with man in the new heavens and the new earth. This is the heritage of the believer; where all things will be new (Acts 1: 11; 1Thess. 4: 16-17; Romans 8: 23; Titus 2: 13; 2 Thess. 1: 5-10; Heb. 13: 26-17; 2 Pet. 3: 13 Rev. 21: 1-5,7).